Pipe Carrier | South Bend, Indiana
I was at the White House when President Clinton signed the papers establishing our Tribe’s sovereignty. It was an extraordinary moment for our people; something my family had dreamed of for generations. I remember the first reservation for the Potawatomi. We purchased a very small building in Dowagiac for $1. When I was very young, I was taught fishing and hunting by my father and the native language was spoken in our house. As I became an adult, I was a mechanic by trade, then worked as a Teamster. Throughout, I’ve been the Tribe’s designated Pipe Carrier, performing ceremonies and providing spiritual guidance to our people. For all that I am today, I give thanks to my Elders, The Creator and The Four Directions.
I am Clarence and I am Potawatomi.